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First Transuranic Waste Shipment Arrives at Waste Control Specialists in Andrews

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ANDREWS - The U.S. Department of Energy and Nuclear Waste Partnership announced Wednesday that the first transuranic waste shipment arrived at the Waste Control Specialists facility in Andrews.

The defense related transuranic waste will be temporarily staged in Andrews until the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad resumes disposal operations.    
 WIPP is currently in recovery from two unrelated events that occurred in February, an underground vehicle fire and a small radioactive release. 

The Department will permanently dispose of the containers at WIPP when waste disposal activities resume.

NWP’s one-year contract with Waste Control Specialists is valued at $8.8 million. Waste Control Specialists operates a commercial treatment, storage and disposal facility licensed and permitted for radioactive waste management.All shipments to Waste Control Specialists will be made in accordance with current WIPP shipping requirements, using WIPP shipping containers, trucks, trailers and highly skilled personnel. 

Transuranic waste consists of clothing, tools, rags, debris, soil, and other items contaminated with small amounts of radioactive elements, mostly plutonium. Each of these man-made elements has an atomic number greater than uranium.